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    January 19, 2013
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to washington. >> the flag flies at half staff. >> president truman. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> so help you god. >> so help me god. >> so help me god. >> with hope and patriotism. >> okay, so here we are, i'm going to give you a little bit of behind the scenes, they will be broadcasting from over my shoulders. you see all the porto potties, here to the right there, wolf blitzer preparing for his broadcast up on stage. and to the left here, that is the crowd. and then show the capitol way over there in the distance to
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the left. you see there is a beautiful shot of the capitol, if we look back there. so as we look at the capitol, i want to ask these folks and go down the line here and ask you, where are you from? >> from tennessee. >> and you came for the inauguration? >> sure did. >> where are you from? >> milwaukee, wisconsin. >> philadelphia, will you sign my book for me? >> i will, i'll come back. >> new hampshire. >> and you? >> alexandria, right here. >> and san francisco? >> great, it is a lot colder here, right? >> oh, yes, a lot colder. >> and where are you from? >> the u.s. virgin islands. >> oh, my god, people are from all over the world. >> i live in north carolina. >> awesome, and where are you from? >> from south carolina. >> from madagascar, look at this, return of the king, a big sign there that says we're so excited to be here.
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how are you doing? >> good. >> where are you from? >> vancouver, washington. >> are you excited to be here? >> yes, really excited to be here. >> what about way in the back? >> colgate university. >> let me grab this. >> minneapolis, minnesota. >> what is your name? >> maria. >> you have a beautiful smile. >> thank you, so much, so do you. >> you wear your sunglasses at night? >> just to do something different. >> because you're that cool? >> yes. >> where are you from? >> new jersey. >> are you guys talking to me, or no, keep going? keep going, okay? >> where are you from? >> from south carolina. >> davis. >> i'm excited. >> and you? >> from laurel, maryland, local, yes! >> yeah, what about way in the back, in the cheap seats, what
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about the folks in the cheap seats. hi, cheap seats, where are you guys from? >> philadelphia, pennsylvania. >> i used to live in philly. >> great, where abouts? >> outside west philly, near penn. >> i lived near monroe street, do you know where that is from? >> from d.c. >> i am from massachusetts. >> okay, so listen, why are you here? why are you excited about being here the second time? >> i love president obama, i love his choice in his partner, michelle obama. and i love what he has done for all the education. >> you're all about education? >> i am all about education, and woman's rights. >> and women's rights? >> yes. >> this is something that is not as serious, what do you think of the first lady's new hairdo? >> i haven't seen it yet, but i'm dying to see it monday. i'm going to be at the ball.
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>> are you really? >> yes, i am. >> where are you guys from back here? >> dallas, texas. >> you are from kentucky, did you come just for the inauguration? why are you here? >> i'm an obama fan obviously. >> what do you like about president obama? >> can't really say right now, i don't know. >> yeah? >> well, listen, we are so happy that you guys are here. we thank you for joining us and for being with cnn. thank you so much, have a great time and stay warm. that is it for me, now it is time for "the situation room" and mr. wolf blitzer. don, thank you very much, happening now we're live here on the national mall right here in washington, d.c. where the inauguration weekend is in full swing. crowds have been out all day, with festivities and parties, right now, an all-star concert.
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on monday, the main event, hundreds of thousands of people will gather here to watch president obama take the oath of office for his second term. i'm wolf blitzer here in washington, together with kate baldwin, and you're in beginning right now, the kids' inaugural concert right here, about to begin, among the performers, katy perry, and usher, and the cast of "glee". >> pop culture, wolf blitzer's two favorite things, you love to sing. >> i sure do. >> they are highlighting the support for military families, cnn's brooke baldwin is kicking things off. give us a little taste. >> reporter: i love that you
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outed wolf blitzer, he is so hip to pop culture, he was all about lady gaga, i'm here to tell you, we'll see katy, usher, i was back stage a while ago talking to nick canon, he was the one tapped to host this whole thing. and keep in mind, this is not just about our men and women in uniform, this is all about the kids. because they're the ones who sacrifice, as well, when their moms and dads are gone serving the country months and months at a time. so i talked to nick canon, about why it was so important for him to be here in washington tonight. >> this is amazing, i mean, there is a lot of balls going on in the next few days. but i feel like this is one of the most important. not only because it is for the military families, but then it also focuses on their children. so to be able to you know, kind
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of pay respect to the service of our military, and then at the same time honor the kids, it is a beautiful thing. >> reporter: speaking of honoring the kids here, wolf and kate, i was talking to this one mother who was bringing her 8-year-old and their 6-year-old, this is actually their first concert, so they're here tonight as their father is about to deploy in the next final days. this is his fifth deployment. this is a special evening for them. they're so grateful for the first family putting this on. watch this. okay, m.j., big concert tonight. who are you most excited to see? >> katy perry. >> reporter: and why is that? >> because i know a lot of her songs, like i'm wide awake. >> reporter: and this is your first concert? >> yes. >> reporter: so mom, you guys
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live in alexandria, virginia, you're husband i about to for for the fifth time? >> fifth time. >> reporter: where is he headed. >> to bahrain. >> reporter: the fact that they're putting this concert on, for you and the military families how does that feel? >> i mean, this is really nice, for our family, personally, it is one of the last things we'll do together, before my husband deploys. >> reporter: i have to tell you i have run into a number of pint-sized katy perry fans here. so a lot of excited fans. keep in mind, just upstairs this is a huge, huge ballroom. you're seeing these live pictures at the convention picture, 5500 people. a lot of these families and children, students at d.c. public schools. this is a way for the first family to give back to the community. but also the military. fort hood in texas, joint base,
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hawaii, coast guard, clariearwa, florida, they have flown here, because a lot of their parents are deployed. this was a way for them to have a fun weekend here in the capitol, rocking and rolling for big stars. the event i'm told is late. first on deck, usher, wolf blitzer, you an usher fan? >> reporter: certainly am. i look forward to usher and katy perry. i know kate is looking forward -- >> not only her name but -- >> reporter: now, do we know the songs they will sing? give us a clue. i'm going to get ready for -- >> well, listen, listen, in talking to these kids i can tell you that the kids would like to hear about the friday night song, firework, a couple of kids sung to me. as far as the songs she will sing, we'll have to wait. the first lady will speak for a
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couple of words and introduce katy perry. >> firework, i want to hear her sing that, right? >> if not, wolf will sing it. >> reporter: what about usher, he is on deck, do we have a clue aw what he is doing? >> wolf, no, this is tight-lipped stuff, like do we know what is going to happen when the president is sworn in? be patient. >> reporter: i put hash tag surprises here coming up on "the situation room." i think indeed around the world, they're going to be very, very excited. brooke, don't go too far away. we're coming back to you in a moment. right? >> we absolutely will, and will check back in with the kids' concert throughout the next couple of hours. and of course, we'll bring you all the best performances, live in "the situation room." >> reporter: we are so so excited. love the music, the president
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and first lady also love the music and also honored this national day of service by helping volunteers stain a book case at an elementary school here in the nation's capitol. >> we watched that happening earlier today. the president took a minute to talk about the importance of service to the country. >> the fact that we have some outstanding young people here today, i want to say thank you to the parents for showing early on to all of our young people how gratifying and fulfilling this all is. this is really what america is about, what we celebrate. >> reporter: vice president joe biden and his family also took part in this national day of service. they helped put together care packages for deployed troops. >> yeah, they sure did. many people getting involved with service, suzanne had the very, very, tough assignment of covering the national day of
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service, you had one star after another. >> they were doing the wobble, it was a party. i'm telling you. >> reporter: you made a really good point, suzanne, what is a better way to get people out to sign up and do service projects, put some celebrities out there? >> they had celebrities, music, organizations, thousands of people showed up. so of course we saw eva longoria talking about the need to get out, participate and give back to the latino community. and we saw beau biden, and chelsea clinton, who talked about her father making martin luther king jr. a day of service. and what is he feeling, going through this time as he prepares to take the oath of office once again. and what would it be like to actually have martin luther king jr.'s bible, as well. had a chance to talk to her, there are a couple of things she
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said. >> there is nothing quite like that first time when you walk out and you see the mall is full of people who come from all over the country and the world to celebrate your first inauguration. so that was historic. we have been through a challenging four-year period. he has been very emotional about the campaign and all of the young and older people who have just rolled up their sleeves and worked so hard to get him reelected for a second term. so i think it will be a deeply emotional moment. >> there is criticism about his new cabinet. if you look at cia, secretary of defense, state and treasury, all white men. what does he need to do moving forward so that there are more people who look like you and look like others who are in his cabinet? >> well, suzanne, the president has a long reputation of surrounding himself with diversity. whether it is racial or gender diversity. he grew up surrounded by women. his first cabinet reflected that diversity. and he is admitted to the second
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cabinet and the white house staff, and they will do the same. judge him when he is finished, not when he is just beginning. i am confident for after knowing the president for nearly 22 years, everyone who has seen the final cabinet, will appreciate that he picked the people best for the job, and will reflect the diversity of our country. >> one of the bibles, the king bible, why was that important to him? >> well, this is martin luther king jr.'s birthday weekend. his life is dedicated to service. we're here this day with a national day of service. he gave one of the most amazing speeches of our nation's history right here on the mall. so it seems appropriate he would use his bible. we're just grateful they allowed us to use it. >> and first lady michelle obama, a power house, but the new hairdo, the bangs? >> they rock, it is a fun new
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hairstyle, and she wears it well. and michelle is always full of surprises, as first lady she makes everybody proud. >> reporter: you know, i had to go there, rocking the bangs. i mean, that is michelle obama, she is always setting the trends, if you will. one of the people i had a chance to talk to, bernice king, his youngest daughter, she talked about the importance of having the bible travel to the first family to be used on monday. so we'll roll that out, talk a little bit about what that means, and the connection between the obama family and king family. >> definitely looking forward to that. >> i love the bangs, don't you like them. >> wolf, we'll all have to rock the bangs, wolf, you start the trend. >> you know, i don't know if i can -- the two of you with the bangs. >> when you shave your beard, i'll get the bangs, okay. >> suzanne, you remember a few years ago we went to the awards,
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usher is coming up, you will like what he has to say. >> i like him. >> you like katy perry, far east movement? >> well, i like them all. >> get ready, the surprises. >> you see the one person that didn't get the invite to the soul train awards, this guy. >> we'll invite you. >> thanks. >> you can hang with us. >> the kids' inaugural concert coming up here on "the situation room." coming up, what will the president say in his inaugural speech on monday? can he do anything to ease the bitterness? stand by, you're in "the situation room." ♪ [ male announcer ] some day, your life will flash before your eyes. make it worth watching. introducing the 2013 lexus ls.
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you're looking at live pictures from the kids' inaugural concert taking place here in the washington convention center, not far from where we are. the first lady, michelle obama will be here, dr. jill biden, the wife of the vice president will be here. but kate, do you know who else will be here? >> usher will be performing, momentarily, we're very excited about that. we're also excited about katy
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perry, she was out there campaigning for the president, not that long ago. we have some video, there she was, you see the president of the united states. she is campaigning for the president of the united states. this was late october, the las vegas rally -- you notice the skin tight white dress, designed to look like a presidential ballot. that was the box -- see the name barack obama, she -- joe biden. there she was supporting the president of the united states. very, very, very cool. >> i think it is starting right now. >> something is coming up. >> we're watching people come out right now, the kids' inaugural concert. >> looks like dr. jill biden, and some of her grandchildren, as well as the first lady and their daughters. and this is, i believe, the first live performance of the new michelle obama bangs.
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>> you can see there, there is sasha and mahlia over there, they will have fun tonight, we'll watch it unfold. we'll begin with the pledge of allegiance, and usher will be performing. >> looks like we're welcoming everybody. most of them children of service members. and brooke baldwin will bring us live coverage of that throughout the evening. you see the first lady and her daughters sitting there in the front row getting ready for the performance. we're watching it unfold. >> it will be an exciting time for them. >> but first, from the parties to the pageantry, watching the parties to the pageantry, from the solemn swearing in. this requires an extraordinary amount of preparation, i am sure
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you can imagine. >> certainly goes without saying it has to go like clockwork, our own brian todd has been looking into it. this is a very complicated couple of days. >> reporter: it certainly is, wolf and kate. you know, they say a flawless inauguration is the biggest advertisement for american-style democracy. so at the moment we're all watching how washington has been preparing for this event, how many are scrambling to prepare a mountain of logistical challenges. it seems overwhelming, a city has to prepare for one of the biggest ceremonial events for the western world. if it doesn't go off perfectly, the world will notice. due to the way the media covers it and public interest, it is like our grand carnival, you know the best three-ring circus
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our country can put together. >> reporter: he says part of what draws people to watch, the sheer sides of -- sizes of the crowds, this is the west front of the capitol, entirely restructured. with new podiums, stands, seats, flags, the president will be there at noon on monday when he is sworn in. and at that time this entire opened area will be well, not quite as opened. officials say for president obama's second inauguration, the mall will have about half as many people as in 2009. but that still means about 900,000 people will show up, and a big security challenge for the event. he coordinated logistics and security. what don't we know about security and the parade and elsewhere? the plain clothes security with
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the crowd? >> well, the people are so focused on the parade itself, what they don't realize is that the people watching at home on tv, they don't realize the layers of the perimeter that extend out from the parade route. there is a lot of heavy security, quite some distance from the parade route, because the whole idea is not to let somebody who would wish to do harm get even close to the event. >> reporter: this year's preparations have been replete with practices, stand-ins playing the president, vice president's first lady, chief justice. there is a big emphasis on martin luther king jr.'s legacy this year, with president obama using one of king's bibles and the event being held on the holiday. but there is an opportunity to expand on theat. why not open it up and talk about chavez, what latinos have had to struggle through? i mean king's dream is for latinos, native americans,
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women. >> and as brinkley points out, the president owes his re-election to latinos and women, so a small mention of them would probably go a long way. >> reporter: thank you, we'll stay in touch with you, a lot of logistical problems, let's hope they don't take place. >> we sure do, the inauguration speech and what the president will say, so much more ahead [ male announcer ] when we built the cadillac ats from the ground up to be the world's best sport sedan... ♪ ...people noticed. ♪ the all-new cadillac ats -- 2013 north american car of the year. ♪ for a limited time, take advantage of this exceptional offer on the all-new cadillac ats.
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. what would you say to sasha and malia? do you have a message to them? >> i would say thank you,
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because they have to -- well, their dad is the president, and they have to go through a lot of stuff, too. >> our coverage of the inauguration weekend continues. how is -- i think we're going to go live right now to the much-anticipated performance at the kids' inaugural concert. let's listen? >> ladies and gentlemen, make some noise. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> yeah ♪ ♪ yeah, okay. say yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, let's
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go. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ you would think that she know me, decided to chill ♪ ♪ >> okay. >> she had me feeling like, watch out, watch out, come get me, come get me, so i got up and got on the floor. said baby, let's go, said come and get me, yeah, yeah, ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ yeah, yeah, yeah, next thing i knew, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪
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say yeah ♪ ♪ because she is ready to leave. but i got to keep it real now, ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ everybody, hey, come on, if i take that chance, where is it gonna lead? because the way she dances ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ work it, one more thing, yeah, yeah, yeah ♪ ♪ ♪ said come and get me. yeah, yeah, yeah, look at my girl, yeah, yeah, next thing i knew, yeah, yeah, ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ if y'all ready to have a good time, rock this with us. come on, come on, do the muscle, do the muscle, do the muscle ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ hey, hey, hey, rock away, rock away, rock away, rock away, cut. ♪ ♪ ♪ all right, there he is, usher, performing at the kids' inaugural concert here at the washington convention center, the first lady of the united states, and their daughters, and jill biden, very, very cool. they may be there, but we have brianna keeler here, we are so excited, we're going to do a lot, lot of reporting. what is going on?
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one question for me, or too. >> we're back here on the national mall. it is the weekend of the presidential inauguration, the president will be sworn in to a second term tomorrow, just before noon eastern, the public ceremony, public swearing-in and ceremony taking place. we're watching what is going on. kate baldwin, brianna keeler, brianna, you got some details about what the president is going to tell us on monday. >> that is right, we're hearing
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in broad strokes that the themes are set. and he will acknowledge obviously some of the differences he has with republicans. he may not be that specific. that is what he will talk about. he will stress there is a responsibility for work on issues where there can be common ground. this will be different obviously from the speech he gave four years ago, where one of the big lines was stressing the unity of purpose. and we know he has been working on the speech a lot. during the day, in the oval office, with his chief speech writer. and he goes home at night. after having dinner with his family, and after his girls go to sleep, he stays up for a few hours. he is a night owl. he gets in a few hours working on the speech. major tweaks going on right now, he will make minor tweaks probably into the last minute, we know that. >> he is a very good writer. >> he makes changes right up to the last minute. >> that is right, exactly, not only a second term for president
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obama but also a second term for vice president biden, and gloria, you had a chance to sit down with him, how did he seem? >> well, he seemed very much in the zone, joe biden has been through a lot. he is full of gaffes, and bore the brunt of a lot of jokes about him. but what i would have to say is that his relationship with the president has grown closer. and the joe biden that i interviewed yesterday, which we're going to release after the president is sworn in on monday, the joe biden that i heard on friday was somebody who has found his role in this white house. he is the closer. he is the guy who cuts the deals. he is the person who does the things that the president really doesn't like to do, which is get into the nitty gritty with congress, because after all he spent 36 years there. >> absolutely, gloria, much more on the interview. >> it will air on monday right
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after the president is sworn in. and -- >> good work. >> and the white house just doesn't want anybody to get in the way of that big moment. >> all right, don't go too far away. brianna, don't go too far away. we'll watch what is going on at the convention center right now. usher is performing at the kids' inaugural concert. let's listen in a little bit. >> we're in america ♪ ♪ >> loving your style. >> check, check, check you out ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ . she got it all. ♪ ♪ ♪ sexy from her head to her toes. and i want it all and all and all. y'all sing it with me. drown it out. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. an entirely new pursuit. introducing the all-new 2013 lexus ls f sport. i've got two tickets to paradise!l set?
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looking at live pictures there at the kids' inaugural concert, we just heard from usher, he performed. that is nick cannon, the host of "america's got talent." and katy perry, others getting to perform for the first lady. and for the second lady, dr. jill biden, there with the kids
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and grand kids, all having a great time. remember, the children of the military, they're all there, more than 5,000. >> there is a little bit for everybody in the concert tonight. all the music tells us something about the president and his family, as well. cnn's contributor and democratic strategist, hillary rosen. and used to be the head of the recording association of america. >> hillary, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> so this is a mix of the music industry, if you will, and politics? >> yes. >> and an historic weekend. >> always a big moment, right, in these big events when artists come to kind of symbolize what the moment means for the country. and it is a very good way to connect. president obama has obviously had unprecedented success in getting the artists to record for him. >> it is a diverse group of
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artists, from pop to country, to r & b, what does it say? >> it says everything, look at the kids' concert, aimed at the military audience. and you have the hip-hop asian band, the first that really topped the charts in the u.s. and then you have usher and katie perry, who is kind of the new queen of pop. and the soul searchers from chicago. this is kind of the obama coalition, this is the new power in this country, of this coming together. >> i think we'll hear from far east movement. they played a role in the campaign, as well, if you will remember. >> far east movement was a hip-hop band that really gained a huge amount of grass roots, organic support for the president with a fantastic video called "for all". >> you see the nationals baseball team, the former -- late president, shall we say? >> this is the tradition at the nationals baseball game, to fill in our viewers.
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a big deal about this. teddy roosevelt, he never wins this race, always falls. but he did win in late last year, so that was a very big deal in washington, just to update you on what we're looking at. >> he did, but the nationals didn't. >> that is absolutely right. so hillary, we want you to tell us the story about the teen band, "mindless behavior." you said they first performed at the white house as a fill-in band. >> yes, they are teenagers, young african-american boys, created by a producer looking for a band. they came to the white house last year, not very well known at all. but they blew the roof off, if you can on a white house lawn. everybody loved them, especially the first lady. and they specifically requested they come back for the inaugural. and now, they're just a huge teen band. >> a huge teen band, i looked, they had a huge number of
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downloads now. they are really taking off. >> they're the next jonas brothers. >> you know, far east movement. i don't know if they have started yet, but if they have, i would like to hear a little bit. >> looks like they're starting up right now. >> all right, let's listen. >> ♪ ♪ ♪ >> much love to all the military families in the house tonight. we came to turn up the love. >> we are one ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ tonight, and we're breathing in the same air ♪ ♪ ♪ so turn up the love, turn up the love. we turn up the love. >> turn it up ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
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hot tamale, we can't quit the party, super freaks ♪ ♪ ♪ so one, two, we are you, so ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> got to get more, i got nothing but love to give, turn it up, turn it up. >> stereo, i got nothing but love to give ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ tonight, and we're breathing in the same air ♪ ♪ ♪ so turn up the love. turn up the love. we're turning up the love. >> feel the love. >> tonight, and we're breathing in the same air, so turn up the love, turn up the love ♪
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♪ ♪ ♪ we're turning up the love. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> let me see you get your hands in the air, d.c. >> all right, far east movement, they're moving over there at the washington convention. >> they sure are. >> i bet you the kids of all of those military personnel are so excited to see what is going on. >> they look so excited. >> hillary, how excited do you think that sasha and malia are right now. >> they are some of the most lucky kids, they not only get the artists of their choice, but get them to show up in their back yard. >> all right, let's take another quick break, as we go to the break we'll listen to a little bit more of the far east
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>> looking at live pictures of
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the u.s. capitol, what a beautiful capitol it is, indeed, we are watching the events over at the kids' inaugural concert that is going on. let's talk with our cnn contributors. joining us right now, the republican consultant. take a look at him, he does not have his mustache. >> you look beautiful. >> hillary is with us and van jones is with us. former white house official in the obama administration. van, four years ago, you were getting ready to work in the white house. lot different this time. >> yeah, yeah, last time it was excitement. the sense that we could not believe it was happening. now it's conformation. i think there was a sense that, you know, was this an accident of history. was he just sort of getting lucky because bush made mistakes, was it his smile? no, it was for real. we can do this had and for him now to be going out there, with the lincoln bible, and the mlk
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bible, 150 years ago. the emancipation proclamation, he could not be standing up there, barack obama a black man. and dr. king, without him, he would not be standing there. so the two men, he is there with both bibles. it's just a sense of conformation about what a country we are. >> despite the conformation and all the pomp and circumstances, the president needs to work with congress and the republican house that he has butted heads with so much, how do you think the president should address the bitter partisan divide that exists in washington in the speech? >> i was just reading franklin roosevelt's second inauguration speech and he was in the a similar situation to barack obama. the economy was struggling. and he did not give a speech that was designed to say, heal the nation's wounds and bring
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the nation together. he gave a surprisingly polarizing speech saying we have a ways to go. we have got a -- it's not about more for those who already have much. it's about helping those who have nothing. it was called the one-third of the nation speech, because he pointed out, look, we are not at the promised land, i see a nation that has a long way to go. do we quit now. i expect actually, look barack obama's main goal is to democratic house in two years. unless he does that, he will not legislatively anything that he wants. so, if that is -- we are going to see a test of that in this speech and we will see a test of that in the first few days of the administration. if the agenda is polarizing, then we see himming looking at 2015. >> van, do not go too far, when we come back, a rare look inside
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inauguration ceremony is steeped in tradition and we are watching it unfold this weekend. we are about to give you a very rare look at a piece of that history. our senior congressional correspondent is here to show us how u.s. supreme court justices prepare for the important ceremony. >> obviously this is the president's big day, people may not realize it's one of the few times that all three branches of government come together as one. and another really interesting piece of history, and tradition, is that the supreme court gets together at the supreme court which is across the street, and they walk over as a group to the capitol and that begins what will be a few hours ritual. >> an inauguration day tradition not talked about much. >> this room will be a very important staging point for an important nine people.
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>> yes, the supreme court will come in here. >> the senate curator gave us access to this old supreme court chamber where the supreme court met in the 1800s and now the justices use it to get dressed for the inauguration. >> they will change and they have a bth room to freshen up. it's a great sense of history and they really enjoy that. >> the history is rich. >> so these are not re approximate plicas? >> no, 70% is original to the room. >> and for the inauguration of the nation's first black president, it's a room steeped in symbolism and irony. >> this is where the dread scott case was decided. the case of 1857 declared that no slaifs or slaifs descendants could be u.s. citizens. >> these were the desks purchased in the 1830s.